Notable Cast: Jaime King, Malcolm McDowell, Donal Logue
Far be it for the cult fan in me to say, but I was kind of excited for this "Silent Night, Deadly Night" remake. The original one is certainly a fun and off beat cult classic, but there is most definitely room for some improvement. The problem with Steven C. Miller's new take on the killer Santa holiday horror flick is that it really doesn't improve on the original. It does some solid enough things with style and contains a few clever ideas, but once again the balance between horror and humor seems off with this film and it leaves a rather odd aftertaste when the credits roll.
Deputy Bradimore (King) and Sheriff Cooper (McDowell) are anxiously awaiting the massive 'Parade Of Santas' that their home town hosts every Christmas. Unfortunately, there is a new Santa in town. One with a sack full of weapons. One that is out to punish the naughty. As the body count piles up, these two law enforcers are going to have to use every available option to try and beat the madman to his next victims...and they just might be on his list.
|You have to admit, it's so ridiculous that it is awesome.|
In these attempts to add depth to the story while keeping it light hearted enough to still pull elements from the original film (including that damn crazy Grandpa scene), the film fails to balance itself. McDowell is obviously the comedic relief of the film where he spouts arrogant things about being awesome and references "CSI: Miami" at one point, but the humor tends to feel forced. Then Jaime King's character is built to be a protagonist we really care about (and her rather impressive acting performance does help), but too often her character's story is too vague. We don't even know who her lost loved one is...I assume it was a husband...
|Fuzzy hats. Definitely a great character trait for anyone.|
|Lighting up the room with Christmas!|
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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